wǔ five; 5

Note

Originally a picture of a square with a point in the middle - making 4 points, simplified to show just part of the square
Number of strokes 4

Sounds same

wǔ (noon) wǔ (martial)

Different tone

wū (crow) wū (house) wú (not to have) wù (do not) wù (fifth (ordinal))

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 五
Stroke order for character 五, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Proverbs

麻雀虽小,五脏俱全 má què suī xiǎo, wǔ zàng jù quán A person is a person regardless of size. Complete in every detail
五十步笑一百步 wǔ shí bù xiào yī bǎi bù Being complacent about the future. Believing a job done when only half done.

Phrases

四十五个人 sì shí wǔ gè rén 45 people
五百五十三 wǔ bǎi wǔ shí sān 553
五百五十三 wǔ bǎi wǔ shí sān 553

Also

五福 wǔ fú good luck gods
Dragons, master of rain and water

Dragons, master of rain and water

Culture

The Chinese dragon is no fire-breathing monster, in China they are regarded as powerful but benevolent. As dragons are masters of rain, water and sea they need to be brought on your side if you want a good harvest, and so they need suitable offerings. The Dragon boat festival held near midsummer is when everyone used to seek to placate the dragon kings.

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